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posted Friday, January 10, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 02
HRC supports nondiscrimination protections in Michigan
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HRC supports nondiscrimination protections in Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC (January 7, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to the announcement of a ballot initiative signature-collection effort that seeks to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Michigan's existing nondiscrimination law.

"LGBTQ people deserve to feel safe and protected under the law - in Michigan and in every state," said Amritha Venkataraman, Michigan state director for the Human Rights Campaign. "This is why the HRC has long supported efforts in the legislature to update the state's nondiscrimination laws to include LGBTQ Michiganders, so that all of our friends, family members, and neighbors can live and work in a state that supports us and respects our existence."

Michigan is one of 30 states that do not have comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that include both sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. Right now, LGBTQ Michiganders have the ability to file nondiscrimination cases on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. However, the proposed update would codify protections under state law.

The HRC supports legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jeremy Moss and State Reps. Jon Hoadley and Tim Sneller that would make this update to the state's existing nondiscrimination law.

Discrimination is a real and persistent problem for LGBTQ Americans. HRC polling has found that nearly two-thirds of self-identified LGBTQ Americans report experiencing discrimination. Currently, 50% of LGBTQ Americans live in the 30 states that still lack statewide legal nondiscrimination protections, leaving their residents and visitors at risk of being fired, denied housing, or refused service because of who they are or whom they love.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

Courtesy of the HRC

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